10. Wonder Woman
Release Date: June 2nd
Who’s in It? Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, David Thewlis
“Garth, that was a haiku!”
Come see Gal Gadot
Smash the patriarchy; Yay!
DC got one right
You Gotta See This: Given that the superhero blockbuster machine has been churning for a good 20 years now, it’s a downright shame that it’s taken Hollywood this long to give us a proper tale starring (and directed by) a woman. Even more miraculous is the way that Wonder Woman manages to salvage the heretofore derided DC Expanded Universe by not just rising to the modest expectations of mediocrity, but exceeding those with a bold, enthralling expression of the everyday heroism of womanhood.
While it tells the same superhero origin story as so many others, Patty Jenkins’ confident, assured direction infuses those familiar formulas with a great, big beating heart — something missing from Zach Snyder and David Ayer’s dull nihilism. On top of that, Gadot is a mesmerizing screen presence, balancing a graceful action physicality with charmingly adroit comedic talents, bouncing wonderfully off Pine’s relaxed star presence. Take notes, DC and Marvel; this is the direction in which superhero films should be heading. —Clint Worthington
Extra! Extra! Read Allison Shoemaker’s full review here.